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Myositis Ossificans in Doberman Pinschers

By Joseph Harari, MS, DVM, DACVS, Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Spokane, WA

Myositis ossificans is an idiopathic non-neoplastic form of heterotopic ossification of fibrous connective tissue and muscle that frequently affects tissues near the hip joint in Doberman Pinschers. It may be related to a bleeding disorder (von Willebrand disease) in these dogs. Surgical resection of the mineralized mass is usually rewarding.